Woman awarded damages after 'too old to work' remark [UK]

Author: BBC, Published on: 19 August 2011

A Cookstown woman has been awarded almost £25,000 in damages after bringing a successful age discrimination case against her employer. Anna Stirrup had initially been awarded almost £6,000 last year after her employer, Ufuoma Obahor, made hurtful comments about her age. Mr Obahor then [accused her of gross misconduct and] fired her and Mrs Stirrup brought a second case. That tribunal also ruled in her favour...Mrs Stirrup had worked in Mr Obahor's dry cleaners in Cookstown for three years when the first complaint was made...The second tribunal concluded: "...we believe that the core reason for the claimant's dismissal was the fact that she had brought an age discrimination claim against the respondent."

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